Single Budget Line Item Requirement for Data Management and Sharing Costs Rescinded


Currently, grant applicants submitting detailed budgets must request costs to support Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan activities as a single line item on the R&R Budget Form titled “Data Management and Sharing Costs.” This requirement will be rescinded for due dates on or after October 5, 2023 (NOT-OD-23-161).

For applications with due dates on or after October 5, 2023, DMS costs must be included with other costs in the appropriate cost categories (e.g., personnel, equipment, supplies, other expenses), following standard form instructions. For example, personnel costs associated with data management and sharing activities, must be entered in section A. Senior/Key person or section B. Other Personnel.  Supporting details, including a breakdown of any personnel effort, and the estimated associated total direct costs must be included in the budget justification.

The application form instructions on the How to Apply – Application Guide page and the Budget/Costs FAQs on the Scientific Data Sharing site have been updated to reflect this change.

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  1. Whether data sharing costs are represented by a single line item in the budget or broken down into it components does not solve the problem that NH”s trend of adding more administrative and data sharing requirements of research teams eat into the direct cost budget of conducting research without increasing the cap of $500,000. It is long overdue that the NIH increase its cap. Research costs more to conduct, and it is time to acknowledge this fact by raising the cap rather than adding more requirements that reduce the budget to conduct research.

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